In the early 1870s, during his pastorate at Priory Street Baptist Church in York, F. B. Meyer met American evangelist D. L. Moody and his partner, the Gospel singer Ira Sankey. The men who had invited Moody and Sankey to England died tragically while the pair was crossing the Atlantic. As a result, it was Meyer who welcomed them when they arrived and helped them launch their evangelistic campaign in the UK. From that point on, Meyer and Moody maintained a lasting friendship.
Meyer’s relationship with Moody expanded the Englishman’s ministry reach. Meyer was already enjoying some popularity as a writer in England. His works included biographies of biblical figures and devotional works. But when Moody invited him to Massachusetts in 1891, Meyer soon became a popular conference circuit speaker in the U. S. Meyer kept a grueling speaking schedule during each of his twelve trips to America. In one six-week period, for example, he logged 3,500 miles, visiting 13 cities and preaching 100 sermons. He made his last tour of America when he was 80 years old. On that trip he covered 15,000 miles.
Published in 1896, The Secret of Guidance is a companion volume to Meyer’s earlier work, Light on Life’s Duties. The Secret of Guidance is a treatise on God’s promise to direct his faithful children in His will, if they will but be fervent in seeking him out. In keeping with his Higher Life convictions, Meyer maintains that we can only obtain true confidence in God’s guidance when we experience the fullness of His Holy Spirit.